The Obama Administration only awarded eight, out of more than 45,000 UNICEF’s volunteers, during the 2013 National Volunteer’s Week
San Juan- The Kansas City Royals minor league player Alfredo Escalera, was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award as announced officially by UNICEF. The President’s Volunteer Service Award was originally established in 1974 and ordinarily the awardees are announced as part of the happenings during the National Volunteer Week scheduled for the last week of April each year. The award is intended to motivate everyone to realize the benefits of providing voluntary service as a fundamental component of civic leadership and community interrelation. The week’s events are both supported and endorsed of the President and Congress, as well as by governors and local leaders across the nation.
Being the President’s Volunteer Service Award the nation’s most distinguished service awards, UNICEF nominated some of its volunteers for the services and inspiration provided by them to others, during the year 2012. “ I am humbled by this honor. More so, if you consider that UNICEF has over 45,000 remarkable human beings that voluntarily serve others”, said Escalera. The other UNICEF’s volunteer awardees are Misha Ahmad, Genevieve Boutin, Ruben Garcia, Erin Guffey, Ariana Hoet, Lenore Tetkowski and Soraiya Thura.
UNICEF quoted Escalera saying, “I have the selfish belief that by helping someone in peril to better his life, I am actually helping myself to be more joyful. For me, voluntary work is a shortcut to being blessed with amazing happiness”. As part of Escalera’s commitment with providing voluntary services, he has assisted academic underachieving elementary school students, trained a soccer Special Olympic team, fed the homeless, provided motivation to students at the elementary school level and supported UNICEF effort around the World.